“Into White“ by Randi Pink is an #OwnVoices book you don’t want to miss. It tells the story of a teen girl named LaToya who goes to a lily-white public school in Birmingham, Alabama where she feels unloved by everyone but her older brother. In the first few pages of the book Toya prays to Jesus to change her into a white person. Poof! Toya’s prayers get answered…and that’s when her real troubles begin.
What I loved about “Into White” was how richly developed all the African American characters were, and how the white characters were portrayed as cheap stereotypes. This turns a hundred years of KidLit on its head. Brilliant! From the vapid mean girls dressed in Lilly Pulitzer, to the racist football hero, the white characters were like puppets. But Toya, her brother and her parents were some of those most memorable characters I’ve read about all year.
“Into White” is not only entertaining, but it really makes you think. I can’t wait to read more from Randi Pink.